This is Elena Barshai’s second recording of Bach for Brilliant Classics. Her first was of the concertos by Vivaldi that Bach transcribed for solo and multiple keyboards, made on a Metzler organ in the church of St Clara in Basle. For this unique recording of the Goldberg Variations she has chosen another
Metzler instrument, at the church of St Peter and Paul in Villmergen. Metzler’s instruments as recorded by Lionel Rogg established their reputation as some of the finest of all modern
instruments for Bach – and the finest Swiss organ-builders. Decades on from Rogg’s superlative recordings, Barshai’s own lively fingerwork and stylish registrations once more show them to best advantage.
- Recorded in 2007, the only available recording of the work played on an organ.
- "Even in a catalog brimming with excellent Bach organ-music discs, Barshai's solid artistry easily holds its own… top notch performances, great sound, and super-budget price all add up
to a genuine bargain" (ClassicsToday.com on the concertos).